Free your face! CDC to drop all mask mandates on Friday as COVID cases in US dwindle
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to drop nearly all of its mask mandates on Friday as Covid cases plunge nationwide, according to an Associated Press report.
The Biden administration has been stubbornly refusing to budge on its pandemic-related mandates, and as recently as last week said it wasn’t ready to drop its mask mandates.
It’s not clear whether face coverings will continue to be a requirement for schoolchildren, although CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky hinted that it’s an unlikely scenario.
‘Right now our CDC guidance has not changed. We continue to endorse universal masking in schools,’ CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a radio interview with WYPR on February 15.
‘We owe it to our children to make sure that they can safely stay in school. Right now, that includes masking. We’ve seen outbreaks that have occurred in communities where students were not masked in schools and had to close.’
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky (pictured) said last week that the health authority’s ‘guidance has not changed and continue to endorse universal masking in schools’